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‘Big Wet Dog’ in Heart of Phinney Park

January 16th, 2014 by Doree

The latest sculpture to take up residence in the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Greenwood Avenue North is “Big Wet Dog” by local artist Matt Babcock.


It is made from powder coated steel. Babcock’s goal as a sculptor is to do a lot with a little, creating complex, changing impressions using simple forms and materials. He takes inspiration from the structure and behavior of his subjects. He makes public art because he believes that public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world. To see more of Matt Babcock’s art, visit www.mattbabcock.com.

This sculpture is for sale, if interested contact arts@phinneycenter.org

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‘Equestrian’ is newest sculpture in Heart of Phinney Park

July 17th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle sculptor Matt Babcock’s latest work is displayed in the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North, in front of Francine Seders Gallery.


“Equestrian” sculpture by Matt Babcock.

From PNA arts volunteer Jennifer Roberts:

Matt’s goal is to create “complex and changing impressions using simple materials and methods.” He claims inspiration from his love of nature and interest in how things work, and says, “Often I start by trying to distill something interesting from the structure or behavior of an animal or plant.”

When asked about his very first sculpture and the meaning behind it, Matt said, “When I was five my dad set me up with my own workbench and tools. I spent countless hours making things, things that I thought of as functional, even though the function was usually mysterious or imaginary. I’m still making things like that, only bigger. I didn’t think to call them sculptures when I was five, but I do now. For me the meaning is the function or action of the piece, whether or not I can say exactly what the piece is supposed to do.”

“Equestrian” will be at the Heart of Phinney Park at N 67th St. on the west side of the Greenwood Ave. N until the end of November. You can see more of his work on his website, www.mattbabcock.com, or get in touch with him via email at sculpture@mattbabcock.com.

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‘Curtsy’ takes center stage at Heart of Phinney Park

June 11th, 2012 by Doree

The stainless steel and rusted steel “Curtsy” is the newest sculpture in the Heart of Phinney Park in front of Francine Seders Gallery.

The sculpture was created by Matt Babcock. Babcock also created the most recent sculpture at the park, called “Samaras,” which was there from November through May. Art at Heart of Phinney Park changes every six months.

If you’re interested in purchasing “Curtsy,” contact Pamela Jaynes, Arts Coordinator at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, at 206-783-2244.

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New sculpture in Heart of Phinney Park

November 22nd, 2011 by Doree

The rotating artwork in the Heart of Phinney Park on the corner of North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North now features “Samaras” by Matt Babcock.

Photo courtesy of the PNA.

Artist’s statement:

A samara is a seed with a wing, such as a maple seed.

My goal as a sculptor is to create complex impressions using simple parts. I often use forms derived from the structure and movement of animals and plants. In April 2012 the Phinney Neighborhood Center Gallery will show some of my animal mobiles.

The powder-coated steel sculpture is 41 inches high, 41 inches wide and four inches deep. It is for sale for $6,800. If interested, contact the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 206-783-2244.

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